Archive for October, 2005

And they all actually make sense

Friday, October 28th, 2005 | Design-y Bits | No Comments

Free downloadable symbol signs, courtesy of AIGA.

C’mon. You know you want to use the heliport one on your next project. Just ‘coz.


Friday, October 28th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

I salute those who can do NaNoWriMo, but honestly, writing an entire novel in a month is just far too daunting a task for most of us. Oh, sure, Defective Yeti countered with WriAShorStorWe, but even that’s just too much work.

Thankfully, the lazy among us now have another option: NaDruWriNi — National Drunk Writing Night. Like NaNoWriMo and WriAShorStorWe, it involves some prep work, but in this case, that prep work is downing a couple of cocktails. That’s an activity I can get squarely behind. Of course, after I do that, I usually lose any sort of work ethic I started with, but then that would be part of the challenge, wouldn’t it?

Woo! I’m rich!!

Thursday, October 27th, 2005 | Bloggity goodness | 1 Comment

Oh, wait. Decimal point’s too far to the left. Never mind. *sigh*

My blog is worth $11,290.80.
How much is your blog worth?

Get yer punk on

Thursday, October 27th, 2005 | Design-y Bits, Life in Czeltistan | 7 Comments

I’ve been meaning to get over to the Eisner Museum since summer to check out their local punk poster exhibit. Kept forgetting about it. Maybe it was just my subconscious’ way of making me wait for tonight’s event, which features a screening of History in Three Chords as well as a second reel, featuring footage of Die Kreuzen, Cherry Cake, Liquid Pink, Appliances SFB, Nerve Twins, Sacred Order, Helena Handbasket, Three on Fire and others. This is gonna be good.

Criminal masterminds, part 643

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Oh, sure, we laugh at this guy, but it takes a special kind of… errrrm…. talent to get hit five times by two cars and shoot yourself in the leg while attempting to rob someone.

(Secondary question: What was a Lexus doing at 14th & Center? Not really Lexus territory over there.)

My turn to link thieve

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

BB posted this already, but it’s just too good not to post again (and she borrows links from time to time, so it’s only fair).

SWAT Team Hand Signals

R.I.P., y’all

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 | Again with the hockey, You Call This News? | No Comments

Kyle Schultz, the voice of my local hockey team, the Admirals, passed away over the weekend. I only met him a couple of times, but he seemed like a very nice guy. And besides, 41 is just too young to go.

Another sports figure with Milwaukee roots, The Crusher, also died this week.

And I don’t think anyone’s missed the news about Rosa Parks‘ death at 92. She had a long life, but it’s still sad to see her go. We need more like her.


Tuesday, October 25th, 2005 | Screed! | 2 Comments

I was having a cranky bit of a morning today. (Note to staffers at my local coffee shop: If you want to chat with one customer instead of paying attention to your job, then quit calling other customers over to your register. In the space of 2 minutes, you gave me the wrong total and then the wrong change (both of which I corrected), forgot to give me half of my order until I reminded you about it and then almost forgot to give me back my punch card. I mean, I get distracted sometimes myself, but yikes.) So, anyhow, like I was saying, I was having a bit of a cranky morning until I heard this little gem on NPR on the way into work: The White House has sent a cease and desist letter to The Onion, telling them to quit using the presidential seal.

Way to go, guys. Every week I find yet another reason to love that paper.

As for our president, doesn’t he have anything else to do these days? Would he like a reminder of the unfinished business he should be tending to instead? ‘Coz I could whip up a list in about 20 seconds.

More about books

Monday, October 24th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

As a follow up to last week’s post about Time’s list of the All-Time 100 Best Books, here’s Matthew Baldwin’s review from The Morning News. (Ok, so it’s not really Matthew’s reviews, per se. More like Matthew’s results of hunting through the Amazon reviews for the books on Time’s list. But it’s got some good laughs.)

It’s true. People will buy anything.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005 | Bloggity goodness | No Comments

Naturally, there are people who will make strange products for those people. And so, of course, there’s someone out there to blog it. Strange New Products is that blog. I don’t know where they’re finding this stuff, but they’ve got some lovely products in their collection, including: Toilet Buddies, stylish adult dinner bibs, a purr detector (which is wholly unnecessary for one of my cats, as you can hear her purring from the next room) and chili pepper face wash. Strange stuff, indeed.

‘Coz there’s always room for it

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

San Francisco, in Jell-O.


Now if only the real city was made of this, earthquakes would be no problem. Probably have a helluva rat problem, though.

Why AskMe completely rules

Friday, October 21st, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

This is amazing. A MeFi user posted a question to AskMetafilter about finding the home his grandparents lived at in 1939 Vienna. Within the hour, he had a lead. In a day, he not only had the address, but also was being sent copies of documents pertaining to — and in some cases, hand-written by — his grandparents regarding their emigration requests while fleeing the Nazis.

The interweb is a fine, fine place some days.

Dear NBA players: STFU

Friday, October 21st, 2005 | Again with the hockey, You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Is anyone else besides me sick of the NBA players whining about the new dress code? Oh, waaaahhh. You poor things have to dress up when you’re going to official functions or when you’re in attendance for a game but not suited up to play. How horrible for you!! How ever will you survive?? You’ll just have to wear your street clothes and all your bling on your own time… just like most everyone else who has a job. Get over it, you sissies. If this is the biggest issue in your lives, you clearly don’t have enough problems to deal with. I bet we could find some truly burdened people who could share some of theirs. Hell, you can even have some of mine. They’re relatively minor, but they’re still more bother than “when do I have to dress up?”

See — this is another reason to like hockey. Hockey players have been dressing up for official events for years and you don’t hear them holding press conferences to whine. Actually, it’s kind of classy to see guys in suits wandering around the arena. Plus it makes it much easier to play a game of “spot the evening’s scratches,” which is always entertaining.

I’m a bad, bad book lover

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 9 Comments

Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Novels (English language, 1923-present)

I have only read 11 of them. If it counts for anything, another 7 are on my short-list for reading. (And I’ve seen the movie version of another 3 of the remaining titles.) *hangs head in shame, digs out library card*

A little diversion

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

While walking back from lunch today, I noticed the 3-masted schooner S/V Denis Sullivan — which normally docks on the lakefront — was docked in the river behind our old building (so, across the street from work). Naturally, this meant that Steelbuddha and I had to take an extended lunch hour and go check it out. We got over there to find out that they were advertising for their annual “schooner Christmas trees” fundraiser and that they were hosting free deck tours of the ship. The last time I was on the Sullivan, she was just a hull (It’s so much easier to walk on when there are decks). And my mom put in some volunteer hours later on during her building. Don’t know on what, exactly, but it’s kind of cool to be on a ship someone in your family put a little bit of time into.

I didn’t take a ton of photos, but the ones I did start here.

I would have called them “crates”

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

“Crate” would sell better than “cage,” I’d imagine. Either way, these baby cages are a fine, fine idea. Make sure you check out the accessories and new products sections, too. (I laugh, but I had a kid leash when I was little. I was a bit of a roaming tot.)

Type and the truth will be revealed

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

Go on. Try it.

Steelbuddha’s review: “That’s really disturbing. Why can’t people use their powers for good?”

Happy birthday…

Monday, October 17th, 2005 | Fun With Teh Intarweb, Life in Czeltistan | 2 Comments

…to one of my most favorite and most used internet sites, IMDb. 15 years. Wow.

Oh, and happy birthday, Mom. I’ll leave out the part about how many years that one is. :)

Maybe I should learn to knit

Sunday, October 16th, 2005 | Bloggity goodness, Design-y Bits | 1 Comment

I have more than enough sweaters and scarves, but what I don’t have is a collection of knit Dawn of the Dead characters.

I think I like these almost as much as sock monkeys.

Check out her blog, too for more of her work and fun musings.

Where ships go to die

Friday, October 14th, 2005 | Again with the hockey, Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Very cool photos of the Staten Island Boat Graveyard. (via The Morning News)

That’s all I’ve got for today, unfortunately. It’s another busy Friday and I’ve got to get out of work on time tonight to get to the Admirals’ season opener. Yay! Hockey! (Though it’s a bit warm in this jersey today. Uh, weather gods, it’s October. 72 is a bit toasty.)